PEGS Program Faculty

The PEGS Program has assembled a dedicated team of professionals to provide PEGS students personalized attention focused on holistic leadership and academic development. Experts in their field and passionate about the work they do, the PEGS Program Faculty serve as catalysts to unlock students' full potential at KSU and beyond.

Ralph J. Rascati, Ph.D.

Dean of the Honors College
Professor of Biology
Co-Founder of the PEGS Program

Dr. Rascati earned a B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1969 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts in 1975. He spent 4 years as a research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the field of Virology. After several years at Illinois State University he came to Kennesaw State as Associate Professor of Biology in 1985.

Dr. Rascati served as Chair of the Department of Biology & Physics from 1997 until 2002 when he became Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2006 he added the position of Dean of University College. He served in that capacity until January, 2014 when, at the request of President Daniel S. Papp and Provost W. Ken Harmon, he became Founding Dean of the Honors College.

For his entire career his focus has been on the factors that influence the academic success of students. His efforts on behalf of first-year students were nationally recognized when, in 2009, he was selected as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The award was presented at the National Meeting on the First-Year Experience in Orlando, Florida in February, 2009.

His wife, Daryleen is an accomplished equestrian and together, they also raise champion show dogs.

Ken Hill, MA

PEGS Co-Manager for Teaching and Curriculum Development
Lecturer of Management, Department of First-Year & Transition Studies
Director of Global Strategic Initiatives, Honors College

Ken Hill joined Kennesaw State University as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama in 1979 and a Masters of Arts in Human Resource Development in 1993 from The George Washington University.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Ken has worked in the fields of operations management, training/ organization development, human resources, and consulting with Development Dimensions International (DDI) in a number of Fortune 200 organizations. In the fall of 2009 Ken began teaching the CSIS concept of 7 Revolutions. As an AASCU Global Engagement Scholar, honors faculty member, and PEGS Faculty Liaison for Teaching, Ken merges his experience and interest in global issues with his concern for student learning and development.

In his free time, Ken enjoys spending quality time with his daughter and dog, keeping current on global news, and relaxing on his sailboat.

Strengths Quest Signature Themes: Input | Learner | Connectedness | Arranger | Activator

Dr. Linda Lyons, Ed.D.

PEGS Faculty Liaison for intercultural Competency
Director of Strategic initiatives, University College
Assistant Professor of Education, Department of First-Year & Transition Studies

Linda Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Strategic Initiatives in University College. In her role, she teaches in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies as well as assisting Department leaders with strategic planning to meet short and long-term goals within the college. She continues her research with honor students in the area of cross-cultural awareness, specifically around building intercultural competencies in higher education.

Previously, Linda held the role of Interim Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Director of the Center for University Learning. As CDO, she assisted the University in recognizing and appreciating the value of diversity and cross-cultural understating by advancing the strategic, diversity initiatives of the University. As the Director of the Center for University Learning, Linda managed learning and professional development programs for staff.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Georgia in Adult Education with a focus on Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Linda also holds professional certifications in learning and organizational development and has been associated with such organizations as American Society for Training and Development, the Southern Association of Facilitators, the Academy of Human Resource Development, the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources, Toastmasters International, and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.

Strengths Quest Signature Themes: Achiever | Responsibility | Harmony | Individualization | Learner